Author Archives: Giancarlo Mazza

MFAN Introduces Fourth Advisory Board

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is pleased to announce the members of the 2019–2021 advisory board. These 14 individuals have been based at 57 duty stations, both in and outside the continental United States, and currently reside across the country. The new group includes the spouses of active duty service members and veterans from…

Job Opportunity: Grant and Proposal Writer


We’re Hiring! MFAN is looking for an exceptional grant and proposal writer to join our growing team. In some cases, a grant proposal is the first introduction to our organization, so a successful candidate will be skilled at making that first impression count. If you are a polished, love grammar, can tell remarkable stories, AND work…

Advisory Board News


MFAN Advisory Board News   Thank you to our 2017-2019 advisory board MFAN recently hosted the last advisory board meeting for the 2017-2019 cohort. We were joined by guests from the U.S. Census Bureau, which is looking to MFAN for partnership support on the 2020 Census, as well as the Commission for Military, National, and…

PCS Season is Here


PCS Season is Here   As the days get longer, weather gets warmer, and the school year winds down, we know that PCS season in nearing (or for some of us – already here!). We learned a lot from the PCS research we conducted last summer, and if you are PCSing this year, we’re thinking…

Check Out MWR Programs This Holiday Season


When was the last time you took part in an MWR-sponsored activity? Have you checked out MWR rentals lately? What about an MWR-sponsored getaway? During this holiday season, take advantage of everything your MWR office has to offer. Hosting a party? Could you use additional tables or chairs? Check out your MWR. It often has…

Apply to join MFAN today!


MFAN advisors are knowledgeable, solutions-oriented leaders with a common goal — to support and empower military families. We do not create new programs—our focus is communication, and accessing our network to communicate to the military family community. MFAN focuses on … Communicating with each other to understand the challenges that face our families Communicating with…

The Congressional Award 4-1-1


Have you heard of the Congressional Award? The Congressional Award is open to all ages 14 to 24 and all U.S. citizens in that age group living overseas, regardless of physical or developmental disabilities. This military-friendly program — which promotes volunteerism, personal development, expedition, and physical fitness — can be completed no matter where you…

Meet Advisory Board Member Rebekah Sanderlin


This month’s featured advisor, Rebekah Sanderlin, is an Army spouse, mom, and author. Rebekah’s areas of focus within the military include deployments, relocations, and financial challenges. As a mother of three, Rebekah saw first-hand the challenges that military kids face, so she co-created the Home Is Where book series, designed to help military children overcome…

2013-2015 Advisor Testimonial: Claire Woodward


“At our first in-person meeting of the MFAN advisory board, I looked around the table at a few familiar faces. Other names were familiar, or I knew them by reputation, but this was a group that felt different from the outset. It was certainly not the “first rodeo” for most of us, but collectively we…

2013-2015 Advisor Testimonial: Shelley Kimball


“Military families have always come first for us, and we show it. The greatest aspect of being an advisor for the Military Family Advisory Network has been the convergence of experiences among us. No matter the question or issue before us, someone has a creative, compassionate direction for finding the solution. I have looked forward…

Getting Smart on Social: How to protect your privacy online


It’s probably not surprising that, according to the Pew Research Internet Project, 74 percent of adults who go online use social networking sites. With that many people connecting online, it’s also no surprise that while social networks offer a lot of good, they also have drawbacks. People use social media for different reasons, but in…

More Ideas for Passing the (Summer) Time


Here’s another list of summertime things to do to pass the time without breaking the bank: Think ahead for shopping (school supplies, Halloween costumes) Beat the crowds and start your back-to-school shopping this week. Official school supply lists might not be out yet, but you can still pick up classroom essentials like pencils, pens, and…

Health and Wellness Tips for Summer


The summer is flying by, with all of the backyard barbecues, block party’s and beach time it’s easy to forget about the basics. Summertime is about making the most of the weather—even more reason it’s important to consider how to stay safe and healthy as well. Here are some of our tips: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen: Everything you hear about sunscreen is…